Stop Asking About Race in Census

In a recent column [~1997], George Will of the Washington Post, makes a thoughtful contribution to the national dialogue on race.

In that column, Mr. Will calls for the elimination of race classifications in the government census. Regular readers know that is a position I have long advocated. I welcome Mr. Will to my . . . → Read More: Stop Asking About Race in Census

White Males at Beginning of Race Talk

Last year, in an Austin, Texas speech, the president challenged the nation to begin an earnest conversation about race. This past spring in California, he announced establishment of a Presidential Commission to conduct a series of town meeting style hearings on race relations. It seems as if everyone in the country is talking about . . . → Read More: White Males at Beginning of Race Talk

Time To Dismantle “Whiteness”

Some major universities offer a new area of emphasis: “white studies,” or as it is called at Princeton, “whiteness.” A few weeks ago the University of California at Berkeley was the site of the first academic conference on whiteness. Scholars from throughout the country traveled to the Berkeley campus to bring together their work . . . → Read More: Time To Dismantle “Whiteness”

Government Should Aid White Males In Tough Transition

Our nation’s democratic values face unanticipated dangers, as society moderates the higher status once ascribed blue-collar white males. A generation of white men (born between the end of World War II and before meaningful racial integration and equal opportunity for women began to take place in the late sixties and early seventies) who grew . . . → Read More: Government Should Aid White Males In Tough Transition

Alabama Quietly Ends Race Certification Policy

Abolitionist Wendell Phillips, more than a hundred years ago, described his generation as “chained” to the duty of eliminating race from American politics. Five generations later, we sometimes appear chained to that same intractable task. Yet, if one looks beyond today’s political rhetoric, that colors and confuses most issues with race, there is a . . . → Read More: Alabama Quietly Ends Race Certification Policy

History of Race Categories Not Favorable

There is something fundamentally wrong with government mandating segregation by race, including political districts, to encourage a particular racial election outcome. In my mind, there aren’t any legitimate purposes for racial segregation. History books around the globe contain reams of written pages chronicling deleterious results of racial segregation; in concentration and internment camps, on . . . → Read More: History of Race Categories Not Favorable